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Caroline Boatwright, who passed in 2012, poses with a white hat, surrounded by stargazer lilies. Behind her walks Biscuit, the calico garden cat. In the distance, Betsy bends over to weed. When Nan passed, her daughter Mary Rose and Mary Rose’s husband moved onto the property. Reuter painted Mary surrounded by red poppies. “Mary Rose, Caroline and Pat worked in the garden as a way to still feel close to Nan, and eventually other people started coming to also work in the garden,” Reuter says. They meet every Monday. “They shared lunch together. Mary Rose would always have something prepared and every-one else would bring something to share. They all have their own gardens at home, so many of them would bring foods from their gardens, but this one was an all-flower garden that they worked on.” The eldest of the friends was Mary Kathy. “Mary Kathy would come Mary Rose, 18 x 18 inches, oil on canvas. and help a little bit, but she was getting older. She and Nan were childhood friends,” Reuter says. Mary Kathy shares her portrait with red gladiolas and Anna Robinson, and behind her is Annie Drobisch. Reuter’s portraits represent a body of work captured during a period of time but do not necessarily define her idiom. “My style does not stay the same,” she says. “I like to start paintings differently and push myself to learn new things. None of my work is necessarily style specific.” Reuter explains the importance of incorporating different elemental pieces into an artists’ show. One element of her work, however, stays the same from piece to piece. “I love movement; I love to express the life that is in things,” she says. “How you can show every change, the activities of your subject, and every bit of history in that person, that tree, that animal, that moment.” Reuter uses movement to inspire and cultivate her personal style, always pushing herself to learn and create new art techniques. Alongside these paintings, Reuter shows some of her more recent work. “I thought it would be cool to show a variety of what I have done,” Reuter explains. “Some older pieces as well as some of the new tech-niques I have developed. I think they are pieces that are some of my favorites that I have done, but they do not pigeonhole me.” One of the newer methods Reuter exhibits for the first time is one she has developed to paint horses. Reluctant to give away her tech-nique’s secret, Reuter explains the importance of this method to her work. “I am suspending the paint to show the horses’ motion,” she says. “You are stopping time, freezing the moment into the image, but there is all of this motion with the paint, so you get the feeling of that movement, even as the image stands still.” 59 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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